Sunday, 7 August 2011

Eau d'Italie comes to town

This may not seem like the most exciting news, but to me, any new line launch (in the sense of new to my town, not a new line in itself) interests me. I've tried a couple from the Eau d'Italie line before, Paestum Rose and Sienne l'Hiver, both of which I found interesting, if not amazing. I've also encountered the line at Liberty in London, but for some reason have never tried the others. Anyway, Fenwick is now stocking the entire line, which is good news.

This weekend I wore Bois d'Ombrie and Baume du Doge. I found them both, again, quite interesting, but couldn't help feeling as if something in both of them didn't quite work. I don't know for sure what it was, but both seemed quite fruity to me, which combined with incense and myrrh just seemed strange. Both had good dry downs, particularly Bois d'Ombrie and I also enjoyed both of them more on paper, where the fruitiness was more subdued. Still, I will try them again and I can't deny that they are interesting. Baume du Doge reminded me a lot of another fragrance I've tried before (from a niche line, I'm sure) but I could not pin it down. If anyone has any idea, please let me know.


  1. Michael, Several months ago, Nathan Branch discussed Baume du Doge on his blog. It reminded him of Profumum's 'Vanitas'. Have you tried 'Vanitas'? Could be the one you're thinking of.

    I have samples of BdD,PR and Sl'H. I like Sienne l'Hiver the most, it's been working well with our Pacific NW weather.

  2. Cymbaline, I haven't tried Vanitas, but I'll certainly pay a visit to Nathan's blog to check out his review of Baume.

    Sienne is an interesting one to be sure.

  3. I've just recently tried two of this line's perfumes - Paestum Rose and Jardin du Poete. I thought PR was very interesting, I will be testing it more. Unfortunately I don't know any place around that carries this line, so I will be moving through it veeeery slowly.

  4. Undina I was actually going to write about Jardin du Poete next. I thought it was really nice, with all that juicy citrus (Mandarin?) and green notes. I'm not usually a big fan of green perfumes but this one felt good.

  5. I'll be waiting for your review. I'm still not sure how I feel about JdP. I will be testing it again soon.



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